$49.2 billion industry could slow down for lack of talent

The telecommunications industry is growing rapidly in the UK, but there is already a shortage of qualified engineers, and it will grow worse with Brexit.

UK telecommunications companies have been turning down work, the Financial Times recently reported, because they cannot find enough qualified telecommunications engineers to do the job.[1]

“Not only are employers increasingly having to source staff from overseas, but they also have to invest heavily in their employee and applicant value proposition to ensure that they stand every chance of securing the talent that is available in the market,” says Ben Hall, of MRL Consulting. [2]

Total UK telecommunications revenues stood at £37.5 billion ($49.2 billion) in 2015, according to Ofcom statistics, up 2% from 2014. Increased demand for services and for broadband were the main drivers, along with regular mobile phone and data use.

Recent research shows that there are about 20,000 engineer jobs to be filled in the UK, of which about a quarter are telecommunications engineers.

“Unless we take action now, we will be faced with a severe shortage of engineering talent which will act as a major drag on future economic growth.” said David Landsman, head of Tata Industries in the UK.

Brexit adds pressure

Most of the skilled workers in the UK come from the European Union – more than from the country itself. About half of these are reportedly planning to leave as Brexit develops.

So the skilled-worker pool will diminish with Brexit in the UK, and so the loss the loss of access to skilled European workers will sharply aggravate the engineer shortage, according to a paper by the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Even the numbers of temporary staff available fell at its fastest rate since the end of 2015 in the first half of this year.

“Workers are unwilling to move to new jobs because they fear the damage a job-destroying, chaotic Brexit would have on our economy. Companies worry that draconian new immigration rules will make it harder for them to get the skilled labour they need, damaging both our economy and our public services.”

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[1] https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/brexit-will-make-tech-skills-shortage-worse-2017-04/

[2] https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/brexit-will-make-tech-skills-shortage-worse-2017-04/